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Evan Jager

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Evan Jager
Evan Jager Beijing 2015.jpg
Evan Jager during 2015 World Championships.
Personal information
Full nameEvan Reese Jager
BornMarch 8, 1989 (age 26)
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg)
SportTrack & Field
College teamUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
ClubBowerman Track Club
Coached byJerry Schumacher
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

5000 m: 13:02.40
3000 m Steeplechase: 8:00.45

1500 m: 3:32.97
Medal record[hide]
Men’s athletics
Competitor for  United States
Continental Cup
Silver medal – second place2014 Marrakech3000 m steeplechase

Evan Reese Jager (born March 8, 1989) is an American distance runner. He is the current North American record holder in the 3000m steeplechasewith a time of 8:00.45, which makes him the 13th fastest performer in the history of the event. He is sponsored by Nike and is coached by Jerry Schumacher in the Bowerman Track Club.

High school[edit]

Jager attended Harry D. Jacobs High School in Algonquin, Illinois, a satellite community northwest of Chicago.[1] In 2005, as a junior, he placed 9th at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in San Diego.[2] In the same year, he lowered his personal best in the mile run to 4:08.15, winning the Midwest Distance Gala. In 2006, as a senior, he ran 8:47.59 in the 2 mile, placing 4th at the Nike Outdoor Nationals. At the same meet, he ran 4:05.68 in the mile, placing 3rd although he competed in the "B" heat.

During his high school career, he won three individual state championship titles and one relay title. In 2006, as a junior, he won the 1600m with a time of 4:11.22 and was a part of the winning 4X800m relay with a time of 7:40.02. In 2006, as a senior, he won the cross country state championships with a time of 14:07. In 2007, as a senior, he won the 3200m with a time of 8:52:33.

His high school personal bests were 1:51.42 in the 800m, 4:05.68 in the mile, and 8:47.59 in the 2 mile.


Jager attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he competed for the Badgers and was coached by Schumacher. He did not compete as a freshman at the NCAA Championships for Cross Country or Indoor Track, but in 2008, Jager placed 8th in the 1500 metres at the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships.[3]

In the summer after his freshman year, Jager represented the United States in the 2008 IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships. He made the finals of the 1500 metres and placed 8th with 3:49.59.

That fall, Jager signed a professional contract with Nike, forfeiting his remaining NCAA eligibility. He left the University of Wisconsin and moved to Portland to continue training with Schumacher, who had been hired by Nike to be a full-time coach to professional Nike-sponsored runners. Jager enrolled in Portland State University to continue his studies.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Jager competed at his first USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 5000m, where he took the lead with 200m to go before placing 3rd behind his teammates Matt Tegenkamp and Chris Solinsky. By placing 3rd, Jager earned the opportunity to represent the United States at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin. At the World Championships, Jager placed 11th in his heat of the 5000m and did not advance to the final.

Much of Jager's first professional season was documented in the Runner's World web series "Wisconsin to Worlds," which followed the teammates' historic sweep at the USATF Championships and their European season as they prepared for the 2009 IAAF World Championships.[5]

In early 2010, Jager experienced pain in his foot during training runs. After taking some time off, he returned to competition, but the pain persisted and culminated in a stress fracture that he received in the 1500m final at the USATF Championships on June 25. On July 28, he had surgery to repair a fracture in the navicular bone of his foot.

Recuperation from his surgery took time, with pool and bike workouts substituting for running. He did not do any serious running workouts until March 2011, with the remainder of that track season being an essential, gradual return to high level training rather than a season of competitive racing.

In the spring of 2012, guided by coach Jerry Schumacher and former U.S. steeplechase champion Pascal Dobert, Jager switched to the 3000m steeplechase. He made his debut at the Mt. SAC Relays in April 2012. He won that race in 8:26.14, a stunning time for a neophyte and close to the 8:23.1 Olympic A standard necessary for participation in the London Games. During this race, he also beat America's best steeplechaser at the time, Daniel Huling, now one of his training partners. Jager followed through on this auspicious performance by comfortably winning the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials 3000m steeplechase in 8:17.40.[6][7]

On July 20, 2012, Jager broke the American record in the 3000m steeplechase, running 8:06.81. On August 5, Jager competed in the Olympics, finishing 6th in the final. After the Olympics, on August 17, Jager ran a new personal best of 7:35 in the 3000 m at the Stockholm Diamond League meet, finishing 5th.

Jager kicked off the 2013 indoor season at the Millrose Games two-mile, where he finished fourth in 8:14.95 to winner Bernard Lagat, who set the American record in that race. This made Jager the fourth fastest American indoor two-miler of all time. He was fifth in the New York Columbia Qualifier 5000m, where he finished in a time of 13:33.37. Later on in the season he finished 2nd in the indoor mile at the Seattle Husky Classic in 3:56.14, where he got nipped at the line by his teammate, Andrew Bumbalough.

Jager raced sparingly during the outdoor season before the U.S. Championships. He ran 13:14.60 which was good for 2nd to Saucony's Ben True at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. He also placed second in the Oxy HP 1500m in 3:36.34. At the Prefontaine Classic he placed 4th in a time of 8:08.6, only two seconds off his American record. He followed up these personal record performances with an easy win at the USATF Outdoor Championships 3000m Steeplechase, where he finished in 8:20.67, giving him the opportunity to represent the USA at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow for the second time, and also winning him his second consecutive 3000m Steeplechase national title. During his European outdoor season, he ran a 3k in Luzern which was his only race between USAs and Worlds. Jager went into Worlds wanting to improve on his 6th place in the London Olympics. He won his qualifying round of the Steeplechase in Moscow in what seemed to be an easy effort. He went on to place fifth in the final, getting out-leaned by Kenya's Paul Koech. Although he only improved one place from the 2012 Olympics, he put himself in the race and was there with 400 meters to go, with the gap to 6th place being about 3 to 4 seconds. To round out his 2013 season, he raced the 5000m at the Brussels Diamond League Meet, lowering his personal best by 12 seconds, to 13:02.40.

To kick off the 2014 outdoor season at the Prefontaine Classic, Jager ran a personal best of 3:53.33 to place him 3rd in the Men's International Mile. Only a few weeks later in Oslo, Jager was less than 2 hundredths of a second off of breaking his own American 3000m Steeplechase Record of 8:06.8 by running an 8:06.97. On June 29, 2014 Evan Jager won the USA 3,000 Meters Steeplechase Title by running 8:19.83.

On June 27, Jager won the 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the steeplechase in 95 degree temperature in Eugene, Oregon. On July 4, Evan lowered the American Record in the steeplechase to 8:00.45 in 2015 Paris Meeting Areva Diamond League, despite falling over the final barrier.[8][9][10]

Jager placed 6th in 2015 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase.

Major competition record[edit]

Representing the  United States
2008World Junior ChampionshipsBydgoszcz, Poland8th1500 m3:49.59
2009World ChampionshipsBerlin, Germany11th (h)5000 m13:39.80
2012Olympic GamesLondon, United Kingdom6th3000 m steeplechase8:23.87
2013World ChampionshipsMoscow, Russia5th3000 m steeplechase8:08.67
2014Continental CupMarrakesh, Morocco2nd3000 m steeplechase8:14.08
2015World ChampionshipsBeijing, China6th3000 m steeplechase8:15.47

Personal bests[edit]


1500 m3:32.97June 14, 2015
Mile3:53.33May 31, 2014
3000 m7:35.16August 17, 2012
3000 m steeplechase8:00.45 ARJuly 4, 2015
5000 m13:02.40September 6, 2013


1500 m3:40.88February 14, 2015
Mile3:55.25February 14, 2015
2000 m4:57.56February 15, 2014
3000 m7:39.98February 16, 2013
Two miles8:14.95February 16, 2013
5000 m13:33.37March 1, 2013